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8-Year-Old Accidentally Drowns on Royal Caribbean Ship

An eight-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a swimming pool aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on June 30, 2016 has passed away after three days in critical condition. According to the New York City medical examiner’s office, the death was ruled an accidental drowning with a contributing factor of seizure disorder.

This is one of about a dozen drowning or near-drowning incidents that have occurred on major cruise lines in the past two years. All cruise lines, with the exception of Disney Cruises, do not have lifeguards on duty at shipboard pools. Royal Caribbean does, like many other cruise lines, post “swim at your own risk” signs near its pools – even those that are considered “kid-friendly.” This alone is not enough to prevent tragic accidents from occurring.

With more than 20 million people taking cruises every year, we wanted to take a moment to go over some general cruise safety-pointers to keep you safe during your summer vacation.

  • Always stay alert on cruise ships. Never let the “vacation atmosphere” cause you to drop your guard – accidents can happen anywhere.
  • Most cruise lines have “swim at your own risk policies,” meaning there is no lifeguard on duty. Always make sure that children are being closely monitored if they are swimming.
  • Watch out for wet floors, shaky staircases, crowded hallways, low railings, etc. which can lead to slip and fall injuries.
  • Never wander off alone. Someone should always know where you are headed and when you are coming back. If possible, always use the buddy system on cruise ships.
  • Report anything suspicious that you see. It is better to be safe than sorry in an enclosed atmosphere such as a boat.
  • Stay responsible with alcohol consumption. Many near-drowning and other types of accidents start with consuming too much alcohol.

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